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List of Famous People
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Marilyn Monroe (1926 - 1962) American actress / singer / model
Mother Teresa (1910-1997) Catholic missionary nun / charity worker
John F. Kennedy (1917 – 1963) US President
Martin Luther King (1929 – 1968) - American civil rights campaigner
Nelson Mandela (1918 - ) - South African President anti-apartheid campaigner
Winston Churchill (1874- 1965) - British Prime Minister during WWII
Bill Gates (1955 - ) American businessman, founder of Microsoft
Muhammad Ali (1942 - ) American Boxer and civil rights campaigner
Mahatma Gandhi (1869 - 1948) Leader of Indian independence
Margaret Thatcher (1925 - ) British Prime Minister.
Charles de Gaulle (1890 - 1970) French resistance leader and President
Christopher Columbus (1451 – 1506) - Explorer
George Orwell (1903 - 1950) British author of 1984, Animal farm
Charles Darwin (1809 - 1882) British scientist proposed theory of evolution
Elvis Presley (1935 - 1977) American pop singer
Albert Einstein (1879 - 1955) German scientist - theory of relativity
Paul McCartney (1942 - ) British musician, member of Beatles
Plato (423 BC – 348 BC) Greek philosopher
Queen Elizabeth II  (1926 - ) British monarch since 1954
Queen Victoria ( 1819 –1901) British Queen during Nineteenth Century
John M Keynes (1883 – 1946) British economist
Mikhail Gorbachev (1931 - ) Russian President during end of Cold War
Jawaharlal Nehru (1889-1964) Indian Prime Minister
Leonardo da Vinci (1452 – 1519) Italian, painter, scientist, polymath
Louis Pasteur (1822-1895) - French chemist and microbiologist
Leo Tolstoy (1828 - 1910 ) - Russian author and philosopher
Pablo Picasso (1881-1973) - Spanish modern artists
Vincent Van Gogh (1853 – 1890) artist
Franklin D. Roosevelt (1882 – 1945) - US President 1932 - 1945
Pope John Paul II (1920 - 2005) Polish Pope
Neil Armstrong (1930 – 2012) US Pilot
Thomas Edison ( 1847 – 1931) - American inventor
Rosa Parks (1913 – 2005) - American civil rights activist
Aung San Suu Kyi (1945 - ) Burmese opposition leader.
Lyndon Johnson (1908 – 1973) - US President 1963-69
Ludwig Beethoven (1770 - 1827) - German composer
Oprah Winfrey (1954 - ) US media celebrity
Indira Gandhi (1917 – 1984) - Third Prime Minister of India
Eva Peron (1919 – 1952) - First Lady of Argentina
Benazir Bhutto (1953 – 2007) - Prime Minister of Pakistan
Desmond Tutu (1931 - ) African Bishop and opponent of apartheid
Dalai Lama (1938 - ) Spritual and political leader of Tibetans
Walt Disney (1901 – 1966) American film producer
Peter Sellers
Barack Obama
Malcolm X (1925 – 1965) Black nationalist leader
J.K. Rowling
Richard Branson
Pele
Jesse Owens (1913-1980) US athlete
Ernest Hemingway
John Lennon (1940 – 1980) British popstar and Beatle
Henry Ford (1863 – 1947) US Industrialist
Haile Selassie (1892 - 1975) head of state of Ethiopia
Joseph Stalin (1879 - 1953) Soviet leader
Lord Baden Powell (1857 – 1941) Founder of scout movement
Michael Jordon (1963 - ) US Basketball
George W. Bush (1946 - ) US President
Vladimir Lenin (1870-1924) - Leader of Russian Revolution
Osama Bin Laden (1957-2011) Leader of Al Qaeda
Fidel Castro (1926-) Cuban revolutionary leader
Oscar Wilde (1854- 1900) Irish author, poet, playwright
Coco Chanel (1883-1971) - Fashion designer
Amelia Earhart (1897– 1937) - Female aviator
Adolf Hitler (1889 - 1945) - leader of Nazi Germany
Sting
Mary Magdalene (4 BC - 40AD) - disciple of Jess Christ
Alfred Hitchcock (1899 – 1980) - Film producer
Michael Jackson (1958 – 2009) - Pop singer
Madonna (1958 - ) Pop singer
Mata Hari (1876-1917) Dancer, executed as spy
Cleopatra (69 -30 BC) Queen of Egypt.
Emmeline Pankhurst 1858-1928 - English suffragette
Ronald Reagan (1911 – 2004) - US President
Babe Ruth (1895 – 1948) Baseball player
Bob Geldof - Musician, charity worker
Leon Trotsky (1879-1940) Marxist revolutionary
Roger Federer (1981 - ) Tennis player
Sigmund Freud
Woodrow Wilson ( 1856 – 1924) US president
Mao Zedong (1893-1976) Leader of Chinese Communist revolution
Katherine Hepburn
Audrey Hepburn
David Beckham - footballer
Tiger Woods - golfer
Bill Cosby
Prince Charles
Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis
C.S. Lewis
Billie Holiday(1915 – 1959) American jazz singer
J.R.R. Tolkien
Virginia Woolf
Billie Jean King
Kylie Minogue
Anne Frank
Julie Andrews
Florence Nightingale
Marie Curie
Stephen Hawking
Lady Gaga
Lance Armstrong
 

List of Famous Women
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Princess Diana 1961 - 1997 - Princess of Wales, humanitarian and charity work
Indira Gandhi (1917-1984) - Prime Minister of India
Queen Victoria (1819-1901) - Queen of Great Britain during ninenteenth century
Madonna (1958 - ) Pop star
Mary Magdalene (4 BC - 40AD) - devotee of Jesus Christ
Benazir Bhutto (1953 - 2007) Prime Minister of Pakistan
Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis (1929 – 1994)- Wife of John F. Kennedy
Cleopatra (69 -30 BC) - Queen of Egypt
Joan of Arc (1412-1431) - young girl who inspired French to revolt against British
Marilyn Monroe (1926-1962) - Actress, and icon of post war America
Mother Teresa (1910-1997) - nun and charity worker.
Anne Frank (1929-1945) - Jewish diarist
Audrey Hepburn (1929-1993) - Actress
Oprah Winfrey (1954 - ) Chat show host and icon of American women
Billie Jean King (1943- ) - Tennis player
Eleanor of Aquitaine (1122-1204) - Queen of France
Hilary Clinton (1947 - ) US Secretary of State
Bridgitte Bardot (1934- ) actress, animal rights activist
Eleanor Roosevelt (1884-1962) - Wife of F.D.Roosevelt and human rights campaigner
St Teresa Of Avila (1515-1582) - Saint, mystic and writer.
Agatha Christie (1890-1973)- Best selling crime fiction author
Catherine de Medici (1519-1589)
Mata Hari - (1876 - 1917) Exotic dancer, executed as spy during First World War
J.K.Rowling (1965- ) - Author of Harry Potter series.
Elizabeth I (1533-1603) - Queen of England
Ingrid Bergman (1915-1982) Swedish actress
Catherine the Great (1729-1796) - Queen of Russia
Mary Wollstonecraft (1759-1797) - Early feminist and writer
Jane Austen (1775-1817) - Writer
Aung San Suu Kyi (1945- ) Burmese democrat.
Harriet Beecher Stowe (1811-1896) - Anti slavery campaigner
Mae West (1892-1980) - US actress
Florence Nightingale (1820-1910) - Pioneering nurse
Susan B. Anthony (1820-1906) - Political activist for women and human rights
Emily Dickinson (1830 – 1886) - Poet
Marie Antoinette (1755-1795) - French Queen of Austrian birth
Emily Pankhurst (1858-1928) - Suffragette
Marie Curie (1867-1934) - Nobel Prize winning scientist
Emily Murphy (1868-1933) - Female lawyer
Rosa Luxemburg (1870-1919) - Political activist
Zsa Zsa Gabor (1919- ) Hungarian actress
Bette Davis (1908-1989) - US actress
Helena Rubinstein (1870-1965) - US businesswomen
Helen Keller (1880-1968) - campaigner for death and blind.
Coco Chanel (1883-1971) - fashion designer
Emily Bronte (1818 - 1848) - English writer
Amelia Earhart (1897-1937) - adventurer
Katharine Hepburn (1907-2003) - Multiple Oscar winning actress
Simone de Beauvoir (1908-1986) - Philosopher
Marlene Dietrich (1901-1992) German actress
Rosa Parks (1913-2005) - American political activist
Hildegard of Bingen (1098-1179) - nun, musician and poet.
Billie Holiday (1915-1959) - Iconic jazz singer
Eva Peron (1919-1952) - Wife of Argentinian President
Yoko Ono (1933- ) US artist, musician
Queen Elizabeth II - British Queen from 1953
Margaret Thatcher (1925-) - British Prime Minister during 1980s
Dian Fossey (1932-1985) - Environmentalist
Germaine Greer (1939- ) Feminist and writer
Lauren Bacall (1924- ) US actress
Julie Andrews - Actress famous for role in Sound of Music
Jane Goodall - Environmentalist and Chimpanzee enthusiast
Martina Navratilova (1956 - ) US Tennis player
Daphne Du Maurier - (1907-1989) British novelist
Golda Meir (1898 - 1978) - Israeli leader
Elizabeth Taylor (1932- ) actress
Virginia Woolf (1882 - 1941)- Writer
Maya Angelou - Poet
Beatrix Potter - Author and conservationist.
Anna Pavlova (1881-1931) Russian ballet dancer
Edith Cavell - British nurse shot as spy in First World War
St Therese Lisieux - Saint and writer
Estee Lauder (1908- ) US, cosmetics executive
Sappho (570BC) - Poet
Susan Boyle - Singer
Iris Murdoch (1919-1999) - Irish writer
Whoopi Goldberg (1994-) actress
Kate Middleton - Wife of Prince William
Maria Callas (1923-1977) US opera singer
Lady Gaga - Twenty First Century pop icon
Emily Brontë  (1818-1850) - British writer

 

Other Famous World Figures
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Jesus Christ (c.5BC - 30AD) Spiritual Teacher, central figure of Christianity
Thomas Jefferson (1743- 1826) 3rd President of US. Principle author of Declaration of Independence
Lord Buddha (c 563 - 483BC) Spiritual Teacher and founder of Buddhism
William Shakespeare (1564- 1616) English poet and playwright
Abraham Lincoln (1809 – 1865) President of US during civil war, helped end slavery
Muhammad - (570 – 632) Prophet of Islam
St Paul (5 - AD 67) - Christian missionary
George Washington (1732 – 1799) - 1st President of US
Sri Krishna (c. BC) - Spiritual Teacher of Hinduism
Emperor Constantine (272 – 337) First Roman Emperor to embrace Christianity
Martin Luther (1483 – 1546) - Key figure in Protestant Reformation
Socrates (469 BC–399 BC) - Greek philosopher
Karl Marx (1818 – 1883) - German philosopher, founder of Marxism
Sir Isaac Newton (1642-1727) - English mathematician and scientist
Akbar (1542 – 1605) - Moghul Emperor
Konrad Adenauer (1876-1967) - German Chancellor post WWII
Jawaharlal Nehru (1889-1964) - First Indian Prime Minister
Ramses II (1279 - 1213 BC) - Powerful Egyptian king
Benjamin Franklin (1706 - 1790) - US writer and polymath
Confucius (551 – 479 BC) - Chinese philosopher
Alexander the Great (356 – 323 BC) - King of Macedonia
William Wilberforce (1759 – 1833) - Campaigner against slavery
Marcus Aurelius (121 – 180) - Roman Emperor and philosopher
Galileo Galilei (1564 -1642) - Astronomer and physicist
Charlemagne (742 - 814) - King of Franks and Emperor of the Romans
Aristotle (384 BC – 322 BC) - Greek philosopher
Saladin (1138 – 1193) - Leader of Arabs during Crusades
Babur (1483 - 1531) - Founder of Moghul Empire
Sir Walter Raleigh (1552 – 1618) - English explorer
Voltaire (1694 – 1778 - French philosopher
Samuel Johnson (1709 - 1784) - British author and creator of dictionary
Catherine the Great (1729 – 1796) - Russian Queen
Mozart (1756 – 1791) - Austrian Music composer
Napoleon Bonaparte (1769 – 1821) - French military and political leader
Benjamin Disraeli (1804 – 1881) - British Prime Minister
Ataturk (1881-1938) - founder of the Turkish Republic
Lord Nelson (1758 – 1805) - Admiral in British navy
Boris Yeltsin (1931 – 2007) - Russian President
William Tyndale (1494 – 1536) - Translated Bible into English
Tim Berners Lee (1955 - ) Credited with founding World Wide Web
Benazir Bhutto (1953 – 2007) - Prime Minister of Pakistan
Schubert (1797 – 1828) - Austrian Composer
Kofi Annan (1938 - ) United Nations Secretary General
Albert Schweitzer (1875 – 1965) - Humanitarian, philosopher
Malcolm X (1925 – 1965) Black nationalist leader
Lech Walesa (1943 - ) Leader of Polish solidarity movement
John M Keynes (1883 – 1946) Influential economist
Oliver Cromwell (1599 – 1658) - British Parliamentarian
Oprah Winfrey (1954 - ) US media celebrity
Boudicca ( - 60AD) - British leader against Roman rule
Swami Vivekananda (1863 - 1902) Hindu monk and Indian nationalist
Jesse Owens (1913-1980) US Sprinter
Bill Gates (1955 - ) Founder of Microsoft
Ernest Hemingway ( 1899 – 1961) US writer
John Lennon (1940 – 1980) British popstar and Beatle
Henry Ford (1864-1947) US Industrialist
Genghis Kahn - Leader of Mongol Empire stretching from China to Europe.
Haile Selassie - Ethiopian Leader
George Orwell (1903 – 1950) - English author
Thomas Edison (1847 – 1931) - Inventor and businessman.
Dwight Eisenhower (1890 – 1969) - Supreme Allied Commander